So I decided to post my urban-BOB here. I live in a urban area, therefore my bag is geared towards a ‘I’m asleep, WTF my house is on fire: need to get out NOW!-bag’. The GF has a somewhat similar bag, so basically this is what I would need to:
- Get out of the house
- Protect me against the weather when I get out
- Assist me in getting to my BOL/evacuation station/motel
First off, the bag that I use is a 5.11 Responder 24 bag. This is a comfortable bag for my 20 pound-load out. That isn’t light, but keep in mind that there’s a full change of clothing in there, including shoes. This weight would obviously be deleted from my pack when I put on those clothes. A reflective band is attached so I can easily locate the pack with a flashlight.
This bag isn’t for long hikes though the wilderness, but so isn’t the Urban-BOB concept. I also found that any large bag, black or red will attract attention so I don’t need a specific-coloured bag.
The 2 top compartments:
- Leatherman ‘old’ wave
- Petzl e+lite
- Doug ritter PSP with additional water tabs, ziplock, BIC lighter and matches
- Heatsheet survival blanket
- AM/FM radio with earplugs and lithium batteries
There’s no large knife in the kit. I don’t need to chop wood with this kit or do anything a multitool can’t handle, so it’s excess bulk, weight and cost.
- Prepaid cellphone, regulair charger, AA battery charger
- Safety glasses
- Preon 2 flashlight
- spare house/car keys
- Copies of important documents
- spare AA and AAA batteries
- working gloves
- N-95 masks
- nylon cord
- Breacher bar
The cellphone, keys and documents are essential IMO. In the middle of the night, when you just grab&go, you won’t have anything on you.
- 2 0.5l. waterbottles
- various energy bars
- about €600,- in cash
- Platypus 3l.
1 liter isn’t a lot, but all I can carry because of SAWC. You definitely need a substantional amound of cash in a urban BOB to buy additional supplies, get a cheap motel or gasmoney
As you can see, there’s a full set of clothes in here. Also:
- Packable jacket
- fleece vest
- wet naps
- basic toiletries
- clothing: cargo pants, longsleeved shirt, t-shirt
- 2 pairs of socks
- AMK thermolight bivvy
- baseball cap
- fleece gloves